hopping

I’m trying to learn to do this. The skill levels site says “hold on to the front
of the seat.” Should I do this with one hand or both hands?

Any other tips? I usually fall after two or three hops.

Re: hopping

“Michael Fuhrmann” <fuhrmann@interlog.com> writes:

> The skill levels site says “hold on to the front of the seat.” Should I do
> this with one hand or both hands?

One.

> Any other tips? I usually fall after two or three hops.

Instead of falling, ride away. That way you don’t have to get back on. It also
means you’ll practice hopping to the brink of control, rather than hopping
beyond the brink of control.

Re: hopping

Once you master the hopping then you can jump rope! Barb K.

RE: hopping

> I’m trying to learn to do this. The skill levels site says "hold on to the
> front of the seat." Should I do this with one hand or both hands?
>
> Any other tips? I usually fall after two or three hops.

Buy a video. If there are no convenient unicyclists available to watch (an
unfortunate problem in most of the world), there is no replacement for seeing it
done. There are two brand new videos available from the 1999 National Unicycle
Convention (USA).

  • $25 for the NUC’99 video
  • $20 for the NUC’99 Public Show video
  • $35 for both VidCom Productions 149 SW 30th St. Federal Way, WA 98023

To see lots of examples of all kinds of riding, I’d recommend the first one (or
just buy both!).

I think USA also has some videos listed for sale on their web site:
http://www.unicycling.org/usa/

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone


jfoss@unicycling.com http://www.unicycling.com

Re: hopping

Michael Fuhrmann wrote in message …
>I’m trying to learn to do this. The skill levels site says "hold on to the
>front of the seat." Should I do this with one hand or both hands?
>
>Any other tips? I usually fall after two or three hops.
>
Straight up and down hopping is all I do although sometimes compensation is
required. I consider myself a master hopper and have hopped 12hrs straight…
Hop up stairs, down, in circles and down the street… hehe! I learned the pogo
stick before a uni so it came very easy to hop on a uni. Skill level about the
one hand… bla bla bla… It depends on how you want to hop… If hopping up
stairs, good luck with one hand. I use 2 hands (one in front and one in back)

Gregory Poche’ “Hop on Top”

Re: hopping

Greetings

In message “Re: hopping”, Barb Kowalski wrote…
>Once you master the hopping then you can jump rope! Barb K.
>

Personally, I find this is untrue. I can hop well, and have been doing so for
year, and can skip rope without a unicyle, but find it hard to skip rope with
the unicycle more than several times.

Maybe one of you uni rope-skippers knonw what I am doing wrong?

Regards, Jack Halpern Kanji Dictionary Publishing Society, http://www.kanji.org
Voice: +81-048-481-3103 Fax: +81-048-479-1323

RE: hopping & rope skipping

> Personally, I find this is untrue. I can hop well, and have been doing so for
> year, and can skip rope without a unicyle, but find it hard to skip rope with
> the unicycle more than several times.
>
> Maybe one of you uni rope-skippers knonw what I am doing wrong?

I am no expert on the subject, but I’m aware of the differences between rope
skipping on foot and on a unicycle. Because of your foot placement, the rope
needs to go around a bigger obstacle without catching. Also, you are higher off
the ground, which means you need a little more rope. But, if you use too much
rope, the long loop bounces when it hits the ground and gets caught on your
wheel. Not enough rope and it catches your feet or hits you in the back of the
head. I think part of what you need is the right combination of rope length and
stiffness.

Not that the rope needs to be stiff. I’ve seen people use everything from skinny
“whip” ropes to big fat pieces of rope rope.

Happy jumping, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone


jfoss@unicycling.com http://www.unicycling.com

Re: hopping & rope skipping

George Pringle of Miami, FL (he taught me to ride) does the rope skipping on
a uni thing. He uses a rubber or bungee cargo strap from the seat, around
his legs, and back to the seat. It allows him to stick with the uni while
he’s skipping.

I can email him and ask for more details- the last time I saw him rope skip
on a uni was probably 4 1/2 years ago.

Re: hopping

> I’m trying to learn to do this. The skill levels site says "hold on to the
> front of the seat." Should I do this with one hand or both hands?

Long term you will use one hand, but you can start with two if it works better.

Beirne

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Re: hopping

> “…jump vertically with no problems.”
>
> Ask someone to lay on the ground close to you hopping and watch your wheel.
> They will be able to tell you how far your wheel is landing away from where
> you hopped. The better you are, the closer your wheel will come down to where
> it was. It could be an inch, 1/2 inch, or maybe even 1/4 inch - but it will be
> something greater than zero.
>
> By making tiny hops “left and right” or “front and back”, you will “appear” to
> be jumping vertical. This is what it is suppose to look like.
>
> Let us all know what your observer says you do.
>
> My original post was to offer help to someone asking how to do more than three
> hops. I believe that telling them to “move” the wheel to a place other than
> where they hopped, this person may be able to learn faster. If you can suggest
> a better way to help them, then please do.

OK, now I understand what you were trying to say.

Beirne

>
> Kevin
>
> Jack Halpern wrote:
> >
> > Greetings
> >
> > In message “Re: hopping”, beirne wrote…
> > >I was wondering about this too, but hadn’t gotten around to writing. I’m
> > >able to jump vertically with no problems.
> > >
> > >Beirne
> > >
> > >
> > >Michael Fuhrmann wrote:
> > >
> > >> Kevin L. Seaman <KevinLSeaman@home.com> wrote in message
> > >> news:37BF24AF.6344446D@home.com
> > >> > To successfully hop, you must “land” the wheel to the front, back or
> > >> > side to maintain balance.
> > >> >
> > >> > Each time you go up, you may have to come down an inch or so in the
> > >> > direction you are leaning.
> > >>
> > >> Hmmmm. Does everyone agree about this??? Not possible to hop straight up
> > >> and down?
> >
> > I don’t agree. I have no difficulty in hopping in one spot while my strength
> > holds out. Actuslly, you can hop very lightly, and do not need to go high.
> > Just a hint is enough if you want to keep it up long.
> >
> > >
> >
> > Stay on top, Jack Halpern, IUF Vice President Website: http://www.kanji.org
>


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